Adient, a global provider of automotive seating, announced that it has broken ground on a state-of-the art automotive seating prototyping and testing facility in Pune, India, which will be the largest of its kind ever to be built in the country. Construction of the new facility marks a major expansion of Adient’s existing technical center in Pune. The existing facility currently has the largest workforce among the automotive seating supplier’s global network of tech centers.
The new facility, which is scheduled to open in late 2018, will provide physical testing to augment the capabilities of the existing technical center in Pune, a global Center of Competence at Adient for computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided design (CAD) automation and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation expertise. First established in 2000, Adient’s India Tech Center today has approximately 1,000 engineers, including about 850 engineers based locally in Pune and an additional 150 engineers stationed at Adient locations outside India on global assignments.
Situated on a 20,000 m2 site near the existing tech center, the new prototyping and testing facility will boast full-scale prototyping, testing and trim capabilities, enabling Adient to conduct full product verification in India to global customer and regulatory standards. The facility will house a fully hydraulic acceleration sled test system, offering precision pulse matching, full payload capability and high-speed video capture from onboard cameras. A 6-axis shaker table at the facility, complete with semi-anechoic chamber, will enable NHV (noise, vibration and harshness) analysis and road durability testing.
“As well as underscoring our long-term commitment to India, this investment of more than $30 million is an important milestone for Adient as we optimize our engineering footprint around the world to deliver global standard product development and innovation capabilities wherever our customers are,” said Dr. Detlef Juerss, vice president, engineering and chief technical officer at Adient. “With this new facility, we will be able to fully execute product development including design and product validation for global and local launch programs right here in Pune, all backed by cutting-edge infrastructure that will be truly unrivaled in India’s automotive industry.”
“Adient was one of the first global automotive tier 1 suppliers to enter India. Over the past two decades since then we have built world-class manufacturing and product development capabilities across the country. We work closely with our customers, who recognize that success in India depends on developing India-specific products,” said
Murali Rajagopalan, director and country manager, Adient India, added that India is phasing in new safety regulations for which development activities need to begin now. As one of the first global automotive Tier 1 suppliers to enter India, Adient’s timing for this expansion couldn’t be better, said Rajagopalan. “When this new facility opens we will be able to support our customers on an entirely new level, so I see this as an exciting new chapter for Adient India,” he said.
Adient (then a division of Johnson Controls) first established its operations in India in 1995 through the formation of Tata Johnson Controls, a collaboration with Tata Automotive Components. Adient, which recently celebrated the first anniversary of its spin-off as an independent automotive supplier, today has more than 2,500 employees at its wholly owned subsidiary Adient India. The company recently received a Best Supplier Award for Quality from Tata Motors, adding to a long list of supplier awards it received in 2017, which include the Toyota Regional Contribution Award, the Honda Supplier Development Award, the Nissan Supplier Quality Award (for the fourth consecutive year) and the Nissan Global Innovation Award.